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Music, All Shook Down Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Dear Americans, as a British person, I feel I ought to explain a few things about the lunacy of the last four days. If you watch any sort of news whatsoever, you saw a series of increasingly bizarre things taking…
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Dining, Eat The Wilson: Speakeasy-in-a-Speakeasy Packs a Punch

The Wilson: Speakeasy-in-a-Speakeasy Packs a Punch

For a self-proclaimed speakeasy, Bourbon & Branch isn't difficult to find. Arriving on the corner of Jones and O'Farrell with a password committed to memory, I could locate the door by the line of people pointing toward it. Every now…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

A School's Passing Grade An apple for the fundraiser: I am proud to know many of the teachers at Edison . I have seen them go above and beyond the call of duty, year in…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Jones Appears on <i>American Idol</i> Finale to Zero Fanfare. We Call BS.

Tom Jones Appears on American Idol Finale to Zero Fanfare. We Call BS.

Last Wednesday, the masochists among you may have caught the American Idol grand finale, during which babyface baritone Scotty McCreery was crowned champion. The buildup to the announcement was nothing short of epic, featuring, as it did, performances from Lady…
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Music, All Shook Down The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How…
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Calendar, Night&Day Open the Past

Open the Past

Many musicians have shuffled in and out of the Wedding Present since its formation in 1985. Even leader David Gedge shelved the seminal British quartet to front Cinerama for a long stretch. But since 2004, he has busied himself with…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands Day 1, Pearl Jam, Tom Jones, Black Joe Lewis

Outside Lands Day 1, Pearl Jam, Tom Jones, Black Joe Lewis

Pearl Jam, Tom Jones, Incubus, Black Joe Lewis & the HoneybearsOutside LandsFriday, Aug. 28, 2009Better than: Anything else you could be doing in Golden Gate Park on a Friday night.The opening day of the second annual Outside Lands was, overall,…
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Music, All Shook Down Chron Disses, Praises Outside Lands

Chron Disses, Praises Outside Lands

In a clear case of covering all one's bases, the SF Chronicle has managed to both support this weekend's massive Outside Lands festival and criticize it. This past Sunday, the three-day extravaganza garnered lots of Pink section coverage, with a…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Tom Jones at the Warfield

Last Night: Tom Jones at the Warfield

Tom JonesSaturday, Sept. 7, 2009The WarfieldBetter than: The Carlton.My relationship with Tom Jones began with my relationship with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The joke on that show was, of course, that Carlton Banks --the nerdy, well-off, Bel-Air dwelling cousin…
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Music, Hear This The Usual Suspect

The Usual Suspect

Sure, it's a little weird to see that Tom Jones has gone gray. (What's next: George Hamilton losing the perpetual tan?). But along with his looks, the singer's booming voice and signature tunes are aging quite nicely. Decades after they…
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Dining, Eat Sophisticated Country in the Tenderloin

Sophisticated Country in the Tenderloin

Calling a new restaurant a tavern when it's ensconced in the downtown Hilton is a bit of a stretch. Taverns were originally rustic drinking houses, way stations on Europe's roads, offering simple food and perhaps a bed for the night.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Very Mary

Very Very Mary

We saw Mary Wilson, the normal Supreme, last time she was here. She's not the mean diva, she's not the cheated one and she's not the replacement: She's the original, and what a lady. She delivered all the soignée celebrity,…
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News, The Snitch

Inadvertent Paris Hilton Sighting...

...Leads to Paris Hilton Citing (AKA Who Breaks a Butterfly Upon a Wheel, or Vice Rewarded?) I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I’ve intentionally watched Larry King conduct an interview. Only the one with Marlon…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tom's Cat

Tom's Cat

Normally I might not care for a show called Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical, for reasons that are clear from the title, which is in no way ironic or even slightly deceptive. A musical about a cat? I'm amazed I…
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Music, It's Kind of Unusual

It's Kind of Unusual

It began in Queens, N.Y., in the late '60s, in the closet of Steffanos Xanthoudakis' mother. There, on the back of her closet door, hung the lordly image of the singer who is known by many names, but whose admirers…
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Culture, Stage <i>A Karen Carpenter Christmas</i>

A Karen Carpenter Christmas

Writer/director Tom Ross' perennial holiday show at the Marsh (now in its eighth year) provides a lot of pleasure in its own small, dopey way. The Carpenters' bland songs never did much for me: Richard's immaculate production and Karen's smoothly…
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Culture, Stage

Lust for Life

Some matches are made in heaven. For example, the pairing of Rough and Tumble, the 2-year-old theatrical ensemble, which is "dedicated to the performance and preservation of world comedy," and Henry Fielding's Tom Jones. Not only do the hero of…
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